Nonprofit Revenue Recognition Part 1 of 2

By CarolCarrie / August 3, 2020 /
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No one likes audit surprises. Seems like they never go in your favor. One place you may stumble into an audit surprise is with the new revenue recognition standards. One standard applies only to nonprofits and covers contributions. The other standard applies to all entities, for-profit and nonprofit, and covers exchange transactions. We’ll explain these…

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Inspiration, PPP Accounting and COVID-19 Resources

By CarolCarrie / May 11, 2020 /
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Our world has experienced a seismic shift. No doubt many of you are rethinking priorities and questioning what you thought to be true. You are racing to learn about new coronavirus relief programs. You’re scrambling to shift to online formats for everything from fundraising events to board meetings to programs. With so much going on,…

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Timely Financial Help for Nonprofits

By CarolCarrie / April 2, 2020 /
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As a result of the coronavirus pandemic, your organization may be eligible for Federal financial assistance. Below we highlight three programs that can help nonprofit organizations. Time is of the essence. Please read and act now. 1. Paycheck Protection Program Starting this Friday, April 3, 2020, nonprofit organizations and other small businesses affected by the…

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Nonprofit Fraud in a Small Town

By CarolCarrie / March 2, 2020 /
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He was the executive director of the local United Way. He had also served as mayor in their small town of Milton, Florida for 20 years. By all appearances, he was an esteemed community leader and philanthropist. He was also perpetrating a nonprofit fraud by pocketing hundreds of thousands of dollars in stolen donations meant…

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What Are Restricted Grants?

By CarolCarrie / February 3, 2020 /
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You are probably thinking, “It’s about time you wrote a post on restricted grants!” We weren’t ignoring you. Really. Restricted grants are a huge, complicated area. So huge and complicated, in fact, we decided we needed to create a course to cover this topic. Everything from understanding the many different types of grants to learning…

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Nonprofit Accounting Online Communities

By CarolCarrie / January 6, 2020 /
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We agree – on our list of Least Favorite Things is studying nonprofit accounting by yourself. Nonprofit accounting can be tedious and boring. (Alright, SOME of you accounting nerds out there love this stuff. Just bear with us.) What’s the point of memorizing a bunch of rules about debits and credits? Now consider a nonprofit…

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Holiday Bonus for Nonprofit Employees

By CarolCarrie / December 2, 2019 /
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The employees of your nonprofit organization have worked hard all year for way less than they’re worth. Wouldn’t it be nice to give each one a holiday bonus as a thank you? Cash Bonuses Each holiday season we see nonprofit organizations pay cash bonuses to employees outside the normal payroll process. We need to address…

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1099-MISC Instructions You Won’t Find Anywhere Else

By CarolCarrie / November 4, 2019 /
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Let us guess. What you really want is not just basic 1099-MISC instructions. You want the inside scoop on how to deal with this task so you can cross it off your list. You want peace of mind that you are complying with IRS requirements. And if you’ve ever been through a “hair on fire” January…

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Nonprofit Balance Sheet Framework

By CarolCarrie / October 7, 2019 /
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  If you are struggling to understand a nonprofit balance sheet and other financial statements, then this post is for you! And it’s especially for you if you are not a “numbers person.” Chances are you’ve looked at your organization’s profit and loss report and never thought much about the balance sheet. If that’s the…

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Bad Debt

By CarolCarrie / September 23, 2019 /
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In our last two ports of call on our Chart of Accounts Grand Tour, we visited Accounts and Pledges Receivable and also looked at Accounts Receivable Aging and Due Dates. Today we visit a related topic, bad debt, and take a look at the bad debts entry you need to make in your books. We find…

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